July’s 10 Best Leadership Links


Today we dispatched the July edition of our Leadership That Works Newslettera curated digest of the very best leadership links from around the web, compiled by the enthusiastic leadership wonks here at ConantLeadership, and sent at the end of each month. As alwayswe’ve also compiled the articles from our newsletter here on our site in case you’re not subscribed to our mailing list but still want to explore fascinating leadership insights. In this month’s links: what the top CEOs are reading, the power of listening, how to do your best — and much more.  (If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive our newsletter here).

You’re a Worse Listener Than You Think. 

In this Harvard Business Review post, the authors argue that good listening is much more than just being quiet — and that most people think of themselves as better listeners than they actually are. There are lots of in-depth, research-backed practices here for meaningfully improving your listening skills. Required reading for leaders.

How to Do Your Best, More Often. 

In this post from Seth Godin, he points out that many of us try harder depending on the circumstances. To do our best more consistently, he urges us to redefine our circumstances in this short but thought-provoking read.

Thank You” Is Nice, but Not Good Enough. 

Recognition is essential to leadership that works. But as Roy Saunderson points out in this post, it is not effective if it is vague or incomplete; he shares his tips here for making recognition more specific and meaningful.

To Lead Better, Know Thyself.

University of Pennsylvania lecturer, Janet Greco, is focused on helping leaders “try out” different behaviors for better outcomes. In this Wharton @Work interview, she shares how leaders must have firm self-knowledge before they can effectively adjust their behaviors.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely at the Top.  

When you occupy the corner office, the pressures can become alienating. In this Fast Company post, one CEO imparts three helpful strategies for avoiding isolation in the C-Suite.

Stop Trying to “Manage” People. 

Instead, “help them connect meaningfully with their work, see how they can make a contribution and give them the tools and information they need to accomplish their work” argues ConantLeadership Summer Champion of Leadership That Works, Jesse Lyn Stoner,  in this smart post.

What Are Top CEOs Reading This Summer?  

Looking for something new to read? In this McKinsey & Company roundup, leaders of some of the world’s largest organizations share what books they’ll be reading this summer.

Yes, People Can Change. 

Many leaders know that continual improvement is essential to leading effectively. But can specific aspects of someone’s personality be changed, with effort, over time? Yes, according to some fascinating research featured in this The Atlantic post — it just might take more time than you think.

Listen Twice as Much as You Talk. 

In this New York Times interview with W.N.B.A. CEO, Lisa Borders, she imparts many valuable leadership insights — including the power of listening, why empowerment is better than “command and control”, and the importance of delivering results.

Strategy Isn’t a Straight Line.

Rather, “it’s a series of real time experiments” says Dr. Douglas A. Wilson in this post that profiles four lessons of transformation learned from Aetna CEO, Mark Bertolini.

What were some of the best posts you read this month? 

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